After the second round of international fixtures so far this season, the Premier League is returning this weekend for game week 8 where Manchester United are looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City who are trying to bounce back after a poor start to the season.
Man Utd are going into this game 4th in the table, but have lost and drawn in their last two games, losing to Aston Villa and drawing to Everton, now travelling away to Leicester, Solskjaer will be looking for a reaction from his squad to win and extend their current record holding unbeaten away streak against a Leicester side that have drawn twice and lost twice in their last four games.
Solskjaer will be without his two first choice centre-backs for the trip to Leicester, Maguire is in the final stages of his recovery from a groin strain he picked up against Aston Villa, with Solskjaer confirming he has returned to training, while Varane will be out for a few weeks after also picking up a groin injury in France’s Nations League Final game against Spain last Sunday.
Solskjaer: “Harry’s [Maguire] joined us on the grass this morning, that’s the first time he’s been on the grass. Amad first time on the grass as well. So we look quite strong.”
This means that Solskjaer will have to do with his back up centre backs for the upcoming fixtures, with the most likely pairing being Lindelof and Bailly, who started the Europa League final together back in May, with the back ups being Phil Jones and youngster Teden Mengi, with Matic and McTominay who could fill in that position if needed.
Solskjaer: “Raphaël [Varane], he’s got an injury, out for a few weeks, but Victor [Lindelöf] and Eric [Bailly] played in the internationals and got good game time, that’s good for us.”
A positive light for Manchester United fans is the return of Marcus Rashford after having surgery over the summer and missing the start to the season, with Solskjaer confirming he played in a behind closed doors friendly during the international break and also confirming he will be back in the squad for the Leicester trip.
Rashford scored 21 goals and provided 15 assists last season in all competitions, the second most goal involvements for Man Utd last season; He has been a big miss for Man Utd so far this season, his connection with Luke Shaw and his directness with and especially without the ball has been something Man Utd has been missing in attack over the last few games.
Solskjaer: “He’s [Rashford] in the squad [against Leicester], if he’s gonna start or not, I can’t tell you now. He’s worked really hard throughout the lay-off. Been really bright this week and had a 60-min involvement behind closed doors last week, so he’s raring to go.”
Man Utd played Leicester three times last season and Leicester definitely got the better of the two sides last season, winning the last two games, including knocking out Man United in the quarter-final and then going onto winning the tournament against Chelsea.
Leicester have really struggled to get started this season, currently sitting 13th after seven games, Brendan Rodgers have really struggled to find the right system for his side, playing three formations in the first seven games and really struggling in defence, conceding 12 goals so far.
Leicester main man Jamie Vardy has been back to form this season after struggling for goals last season, scoring six goals and being joint top goal scorer so far in the Premier League and he will be a massive threat to Man Utd, especially with the first choice centre backs out injured.